Nuptials honor couple’s Vietnamese, Catholic heritage
By Jennifer Gentile
At the end of a rose petal-strewn path, Linh Nguyen Bui’s future was waiting.
The evening of March 18, 2018, already had promised to be special. Linh and her boyfriend, Kevin Cuong Bui, were meeting their parents for dinner at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. When they arrived, Kevin left and asked her to wait for him in the lobby — where his mom came for her a few minutes later.
“As I walked outside to this gorgeous courtyard, I saw a rose-petal path that lead to Kevin waiting by a bridge,” Linh recalls. “The courtyard was filled with balloons, bubbles, lanterns (and) candles, and the song ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri was playing in the background. I was astonished and completely caught by surprise.”
He pointed to the rooftop, where the couple’s family and friends were holding a banner that read, “Will you marry me?” With tears obscuring her vision, Linh says, she didn’t even see what her ring looked like.
“I will never forget our proposal day because it was truly the best day of my life, knowing I would be marrying the sweetest man with the most amazing soul,” she says. “I feel incredibly lucky.”
Since meeting in August of 2012 at the University of Mississippi, the pair have become best friends, Linh says — supporting one another unconditionally. Although they appear to be very different, Linh and her husband have much in common — including similar tastes in food, music and hobbies.
“We are some of the goofiest people you’ll know; we just enjoy being silly and live life to the fullest,” she says. “On our road last trip, we learned the lyrics to some of our favorite rap songs!”
When they married on July 27, 2019, the pair was intent on paying homage to their Vietnamese and Catholic background. They held the ceremony at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral, in Kevin’s hometown of Biloxi, and the Rev. Anthony Quyet Nguyen conducted mass in English and Vietnamese.
“It was truly a magical moment to be able to share our love with everyone …,” Linh says. “(Our wedding) was very sentimental, romantic, glamourous and elegant.”
The couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico, and now live in Birmingham, Alabama, where Kevin is a neurology resident and Linh is an optometry student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Linh says her spouse inspires her every day with his motivation and work ethic, as well as his selflessness.
“Kevin’s love for me is just indescribable,” she adds. “It was something I thought never existed.”
Photographer: Bluewaters Photography
Wedding planner: Suzie Bui and MyLien Nguyen
Ceremony venue: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral
Reception venue: Slavonion Lodge
Florist: Vy Kim
Caterer: Dong Phuong
Makeup: Azalea Spa & Salon
Hair: Azalea Spa & Salon
Videographer: Casey Clingan
Jewelry: Kim-Tam Jewelry, Adiamor Jewelry,
Diamonds Direct, and Cezanne
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Wedding gown: Bridal Path – Allure Bridal
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse – Kenneth Cole
Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie
Musician/Entertainment: NightShift Sounds Entertainment
Clergy/Officiant: The Rev. Anthony Quyet Nguyen
Rentals: ABC Rental Center/ Southern Event Productions
Cake: Fleur De Lis Gourmet Bakery
Transportation: King Limousine
Lighting: NightShift Sounds Entertainment